Spring is officially here, soon enough you will be basking in the warming sun. With the change in the months, the truth is that dehydration is more of a common thing. Instead of water, the question I have is, could tea be as hydrating as water? So let's look into this conundrum and see if at the end of the blog we can tell you that Tea is hydrating.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration simply put, means your body loses more fluids than you put in. An example of this is let's say you regularly only have one drink for the whole day. If you were to continuously keep on doing that, you will quickly get very dehydrated. Dehydration can be a very serious thing if not addressed quickly.
The symptoms of dehydration you might already know off are feeling thirsty, dizziness and tiredness, getting lightheaded or feeling faint.
The less common known symptoms is strong, yellow and ammonia smelling pee! Do you know how many times you should be having to spend a penny a day?
According to the NHS, you should be drinking at least two litres of fluid a day, that’s equivalent to eight glasses (237ml) of water a day which is quite a lot. The human body comprises around 60% water and we don’t drink as much as we need to so the likely hood is that right now while your reading this, you are dehydrated.
The most simple drink that you would drink that can solve hydration is water. Let's be fair, that is as exciting as watching Chris Whitty explain something. All you want while listening is a wish or a prayer for anything else. That can be said at times for how people feel drinking water. However, no one said you can’t always add something with water such as some lemon or lime to mix it up a bit.
There are other drinks that instead of hydrating you make the situation worse. The worst drinks to have are the ones that contain high levels of protein or alcohol and even caffein. Why is it that the drinks we love the most can also hydrate you? Why can’t we have something more of a treat than water to hydrate us? So now that we know what the issue is, the question for me now turns into this: is tea a drink that can rehydrate you or not? The NHS website, recommends having a cup of tea with your friends. Is there hope?
Adding tea into the mix
Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the entire world. I suspect even when we start travelling around the universe and make colonies on new planets tea will still be drunk even then. Another fantastic thing about tea which helps is that it can be had hot or cold. This is also good however; teas do contain caffeine. Wait a minute, NHS say tea could be hydrating yet it has caffeine?
It does all depend on how much tea you drink. Quantity is key.
What is caffeine?
A study was taken when baseline levels of hydration were measured with some drinking tea and some boiled water, they were then tested afterwards to see if there was a small, big or no change at all of their hydration levels. The study showed that 95% of the subjects had no difference in their hydration levels from drinking tea. From this we can deduce that tea is as hydrating as boiled water but as I mentioned above tea does include caffeine so how can it?
The answer to this is because of what caffeine does. Caffeine is in essence a natural stimulant and one of the most used things in the food and drink world. It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system, helping you stay alert and prevent the onset of tiredness. While there are more or less often negative connotations, there are health benefits to having caffeine.
Caffeine is absorbed from your gut into your blood, travelling to your liver and broken down so affects various organs in your body. The main effect is actually on your brain. It stops neurotransmitters that tell your body you are tired. These build up over the day. It also increases your blood adrenaline levels and brain activity giving a state of focus and arousal and alertness.
Is tea healthier than water?
So if tea is potentially hydrating and has a bit of caffeine in it to give the drinker a little boost, is tea healthier than water? Research has been showing from work on a European journal of clinical nutrition and UK nutritionist, says tea can also protect you against heart disease and cancers.
Tea as a drink is a very good source of flavonoids which are used as antioxidants, a commonly known thing is that tea does provide you with many antioxidants. This is exactly what health experts around the world believe is the key ingredient in a cup of tea that promotes health. They have been shown to prevent cell damage.
Dr Carrie Ruxton, and colleagues at Kings College London, looked at published studies on the health and long-lasting effects of tea drinking and hydration.
Clear evidence is found, that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack. Some studies also suggested tea consumption protects against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut. Other than that, there are even some health benefits included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening.
R Ruxton said: "Drinking tea is better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it's got two things going for it." Tea is rehydrating. She said it was an urban myth that tea is dehydrating. "Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid.
So based on these industry experts and professional it concludes that tea is hydrating and it can give your immunity a massive boost and provide other long-lasting medical benefits to your health.
The right stuff?
So if tea is a drink the can be drunk to hydrate you instead of dehydrating what tea would be best for this? We think the answer is a BRUU Herbal Tea. This is because Herbal teas are natural teas, made from herbs, spices and other plant materials. They are packed with health benefits and often used as wellness teas. Our herbal teas use only the finest ingredients to create a refreshing tea. They are all-natural and caffeine-free so know when it comes to getting the most hydration you can get these teas are the ones for you. If you would like to see our range of herbal teas please just click here.
But what about Green Tea. Green tea is made from Camellia synesis leaves and has a shorter oxidation time, which means the leaves and cup are greener. The tea is fresh, smooth and verdant and is famed for its health benefits.
Green tea is associated with a wide range of health benefits, making it not only a hydrating beverage but one that can give a boost to your overall health. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, green tea may help lower your risk of heart disease as well as reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
So even though tea does have some caffeine in it and even though caffeine does dehydrate, it is only a small amount of caffeine. Tea is a drink, like water, than can keep you hydrated. Hazar. We don’t just have water to keep hydrated we can also have tea. Do have a browse in our tea shop to pick the tea for you this Spring and when your out at the beach, or having a nice long hike in the sun, why not bring along a tea as well as water for change this year.